[Pyramus and Thisbe][inscription in Dutch running vertically top to bottom on left]
Mezzotint, platemark 200 x 250mm (8 x 9¾") very large margins. Late impression on wove paper.
Pyramus and Thisbe, two lovers in the city of Babylon whose story is told in Ovid's 'Metamorphoses'. The pair arranged to meet by a mulberry tree, and the woman Thisbe, arriving first, fled to escape a lioness and left her veil behind. Pyramus, arriving and finding the veil, believed Thisbe had been killed, and so killed himself. Here Thisbe returns to find the body of Pyramus and stabs herself with the same sword Pyramus had used. Anonymous mezzotint, believed to be derived from a print by Bernard Lens (see British Museum 2010,7081.53) in turn after painter and printmaker Robert Robinson.
State ii/iii (Christopher Lennox-Boyd database).
[Ref: 40223] £85.00